Faugères, Hérault

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Faugères
Faugères with vineyards in the foreground
Faugères with vineyards in the foreground
Coat of arms of Faugères
Coat of arms
Faugères is located in France
Faugères
Faugères
Coordinates: 43°33′59″N 3°11′24″E / 43.5664°N 3.19°E / 43.5664; 3.19Coordinates: 43°33′59″N 3°11′24″E / 43.5664°N 3.19°E / 43.5664; 3.19
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Hérault
Arrondissement Béziers
Canton Bédarieux
Intercommunality Faugères
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Martine Brun
Area1 26.06 km2 (10.06 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 501
 • Density 19/km2 (50/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 34096 / 34600
Elevation 170–544 m (558–1,785 ft)
(avg. 250 m or 820 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Faugères is a commune in the Hérault department in southern France.

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The village is known for the quality of the appellation of wines, Faugères AOC, that it lends its names to.

Faugeres is also known for the old windmills that overlook the village from a nearby hill. One of the windmills has now been restored using ancient techniques and may be seen in operation between June and September.

History[edit]

The castle of Faugères dates back to at least 1030AD, but it was heavily damaged during the Wars of Religion and today only small sections of the keep, the watch tower and castle wall remain.

Four Protestant churches have existed in Faugères over time and two remain today. The most recently built church was built in 1837 with stones taken from the old castle ruins.

In the hills around Faugères are many capitelles, round dry stone shelters with vaulted roofs, built to protect shepherds and farmers from the elemeents. These are many centuries old.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 322 —    
1968 380 +18.0%
1975 359 −5.5%
1982 366 +1.9%
1990 360 −1.6%
1999 438 +21.7%
2008 501 +14.4%

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